The Syrian demonstrations - turned uprising - turned civil war - has caused the death of more than 60,000 people according to the United Nations, which has not been able to find a path to helping stop the slaughter.
Just last night CNN was reporting that the riots in Egypt have gotten so bad that the Defense Minister has warned they "may lead to the collapse of the state and threaten the future of our coming generations."
In Libya, according to the Associated Press, the U.N.'s special representative yesterday "warned the Security Council that France's military offensive in northern Mali may drive Islamic insurgents out and across the porous borders with Algeria and into Libya."
The representative also told reporters that "About 200,000 armed men 'are not ready to get absorbed' into the new Libyan institutions, adding to the instability."
That leading from behind thing is working better and better in North Africa.
During his immigration speech the President said: "If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist they vote on it right away,"
Yes, well, when he is Prime Minister of the World he might be able to tell the Intergalactic Parliament what to vote on and when, but as of now Mr. Obama is merely the President of the United States and the Congress has been loathe - over the past 224 years - to cede the power of Floor scheduling to the White House.
Someone should remind the President each and every day that he is now entering his fifth year - not fifth day - in office and he could have "insisted" on Immigration Reform at any point in his first term.
Nah. Leading from behind takes time.